Creating a Voice of Your Own

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There is an important idea that comes with being a writer and that is creating your own voice for your readers. Having a voice that allows your readers to continue to read your work is crucial in order to be successful as a professional writer. Social media has grown to a level that celebrities, writers, journalists, politicians, the list goes on have a constant audience that they are able to reach out and be connected with, but when it comes to having an audience that is constantly checking in to see what you have to say.

I remember when I first began writing, it was much more simpler to just write about what we read in a book or what we have been learning in history class that week. But now, I am 22 years old and I am getting a degree to become a professional in writing for an always hungry for more audience. Knowing your audience and keeping them enthralled it tough, but there are a few simple steps you can take to keep them interested. These are 10 simple steps any writer can take to find their voice.

  1. Read everything
  2. Write everything
  3. Copy the best
  4. Play games
  5. Challenge your preconceptions
  6. Dare to be dreadful
  7. Write from passion
  8. Take risks
  9. Remember that complacency is your enemy
  10. Remember that fear is your best friend

These 10 steps can be found on hollyisle.com, but why these are important to remember when focusing on finding your voice is actually quite simple. All these steps have a common theme, focusing on ones self. That is the crucial thing to finding your voice in your writing, by knowing exactly who you are. By knowing who you are for certain positions in the news and media, you allow yourself to have a better knowledge and stance. From there, your audience can further enjoy your readings and even help you grow your audience even more.

I am not saying that it is simple to find your writing voice, but you do need to put the work in to figure it out. It could be as easy as practicing your writing. It might mean trying various exercises to find the style of voice you are looking for. I like to make my writings as conversational as I can make it, without losing the sense of credibility that a professional writer must earn with their audience. What do these traits tell your audience about your character? What naturally flows from your fingertips as you write these statements? You can find out a lot about your writing voice by writing everything that comes to mind. By writing what’s natural. Just remember to keep writing.

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Sources:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/voice-in-writing-developing-a-unique-writing-voice

http://hollylisle.com/ten-steps-to-finding-your-writing-voice/

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3 thoughts on “Creating a Voice of Your Own

  1. Step number 7 really stood out to me. I think we’re taught a lot to emulate the writing of many respectable writers, but I think that just contributes to an universal voice that is too easy to be repeated. However, when you write about something you’re passionate about then I think it brings out an unique voice easier. Crafting an unique voice that reflects your personality will help our writing stand out and convince employers and publishers that that personality has a place with them.

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  2. I really like steps 6 and 8. I feel like those encourage you to write what you feel no matter what. Sometimes risks need to be made in order to get your message across to your readers. Although I truly believe you should take risks and dare to be dreadful, I think this is hard to do because of fear. While that is mentioned in step 10 it is often hard to overcome. It would be interesting to see how to overcome certain fears when writing so you can adequately write with your voice.

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  3. I think that this post could have benefitted from expanding on the ten steps a bit more. As a person who is not majoring in writing, I have no clue where to start with playing games with my writing. Could you Provide a few examples?

    Rachel

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